In response to the COVID-19 precautions and UNC system policies, the 2020 NC Serials Conference was cancelled. This page reflects the planned agenda for that conference.

8:15am - 8:45am

Continental Breakfast / Conference Packet Pickup

8:45am - 9:00am

Welcoming Remarks


9:00am - 10:00am

Keynote Address: Open Access Incrementalism Has Failed. Uniting Principles With Buying Power to Advance Open Access at the University of California
Presented by Kristin Antelman, University Librarian at UC Santa Barbara

The University of California began pursuing a multi-pronged strategy to advance open access scholarship with its 2018 Pathways to Open Access roadmap for our ten campuses. A major initiative under that umbrella was to seek transformative “publish and read” deals with publishers to make all UC scholarship open to the world. Negotiations with Elsevier for such a deal have thus far been unsuccessful, and the UC libraries have been without current Elsevier journal content since July 2019.

How did the UC libraries get to this point? What did we learn from collaborating with faculty throughout the process? What has been the impact on our users? What is the broader impact of UC’s action?


This session will explore these questions in the context of the current scholarly journal publishing landscape. As usual, we find ourselves in a fluid environment. But now it is one in which libraries that desire to move beyond an incremental strategy have more opportunity than ever to realize the goal of advancing open access.

10:00am - 10:45am

Sponsor Networking


10:45am - 11:30am

Concurrent Session One

1A. Combined Session (two presentations)

a) Seeing the Forest Despite the Trees: Analyzing the Usage of Databases and Journal Packages
Danica Lewis & Heidi Tebbe (NC State University Libraries)

b) Seeing the Forest for Trees: Tools for Analyzing Faculty Research Output
Katharine Frazier, John Vickery & Hilary Davis (NC State University Libraries)

1B. Lightning Talks (four presentations)


a) Kanopy: How Do You Take Your Streaming Films, Mediated or Not?
Christine Fischer, Marcie Burton & Anne Owens (UNC Greensboro)

b) Streaming Video in the Curriculum: Faculty and Student Perceptions
Christine Fischer (UNC Greensboro) & Elizabeth Ellis (UNCG LIS student)

c) Batten Down the Hatches! Collection Management in Rough Seas
Megan Inman & Marlena Rose (William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University)

d) Undertaking a Massive Bound Journals Deselection Project
Sarah Mueth & Tonya Minor (University of North Carolina Wilmington)


1C. Things Are Looking Up: Using Cloud-Based Technology Tools in Collection Management Workflows
Allison Jones & Kayla Kipps (College of Charleston Libraries)

1D. Combined Session (two presentations)

a) Late Breaking News: Votes for Women and the WSPU Part Ways
Mandy Hurt (Duke University Libraries)

b) There’s No community For that? Identifying a Need and Building a Professional Community to Meet It
Jacob Shelby (NC State University Libraries) & Anna Craft (UNC Greensboro)

11:45am - 12:30pm

Concurrent Session Two

2A. Combined Session (two presentations)

a) Popping Up to Promote uPress Provisions: A Collaboration Between Outreach and E-Resources Librarians
Meggie Lasher & Kelly Denzer (Davidson College)

b) Uncovering the Mystery of How Users Find and Use Ebooks Through Guerilla Usability Testing
Robin Camille Davis & Xiaoyan Song (NC State University Libraries)


2B. Combined Sessions (two presentations)

a) Toolkits for Equity: Resources for Developing Inclusive and Equitable Workplaces
Jocelyn Dawson & Gisela Concepción Fosado (Duke University Press)

b) Transforming Libraries and Publishing Through an Equity and Anti-Racism Framework
Gisela Concepción Fosado & Cathy Rimer-Surles (Duke University Press)

2C. E-Resource Troubleshooting: A Staff Training Strategy
Li Ma (University of South Carolina)

2D. The New Frontier: Implementing OpenAthens at UNC Charlotte
Bethany Blankemeyer, Liz Siler and Shoko Tokoro (UNC Charlotte)


12:30pm - 1:45pm



1:45pm - 2:30pm

Concurrent Session Three

3A. Scholarly Communications Training: Professional Development for the Next Generation of Scholars
Anna Craft & Samantha Harlow (UNC Greensboro)

3B. Walk This Way: Online Content Platform Migration Experiences and Collaboration
Xiaoyan Song (North Carolina State University) & Kimberly Steinle (Duke University Press)

3C. Copy Catalogers’ Voices in Inclusive Description
Jianying Shou & Ryan Johnson (Duke University Libraries)

3D. Combined session (two presentations)


a) Closing the Loop on Collections Review
Kristin Calvert & Whitney Jordan (Western Carolina University)

b) Library Resources: What’s the Value?
Elizabeth Cope (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Closing Session:  Can We Get There From Here?
Presented by John Sherer, Spangler Family Director of The University of North Carolina Press


3:45pm - 4:00pm

Closing Remarks and Wrap-up